A federal grand jury in Boise has indicted 14 gang members and associates of the Norteno, or Northside gang, which is active in Nampa and other parts of the Treasure Valley, for multiple crimes including trafficking in methamphetamine, conspiracy and gun violations. Federal drug trafficking charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
It’s the sixth major gang prosecution investigated by the multi-agency Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force, which includes federal, state and local authorities, since 2009. “These charges mark a significant point in the Metro Task Force’s thorough and aggressive efforts to combat gang violence and drug trafficking in Treasure Valley communities,” said Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney for Idaho. “Violent street gang members and their associates who engage in criminal conduct have clear and fair notice that law enforcement will identify them, investigate them and bring them to justice. Public safety demands this strong response.” You can read her full announcement here.